In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered... show more
"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail SheehyThe decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones.Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love. And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women. (20080801)
Publish date: September 1st 2008
Pages no: 454
Edition language: English
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This took me forever to read. It was just really hard to get into until I forced myself to sit down and blitz through it last night. Part of the problem is the descriptive language seemed so off the wall sometimes, I thought I was reading something by Stephenie Meyer or E.L. James which is not a com...
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I had a hard time reading this book in electronic form; I downloaded it as part of the ER program and I don't think I would download a book again. The book was moving and fascinating (what part of it I read- I didn't come close to finishing) but I found the format really difficult to deal with and i...
Despite my efforts, I know I won't finish this book. And that's too bad, because I got it for research purposes. But nearly half the book yielded less than a page and a half of notes, and the writing is terrible. I hate to say that, because I know this is Ahmed's personal journey here, but god, the ...
Qanta Ahmed, a doctor and Muslim of Pakistani descent, is a British citizen who was practicing in NY when her visa renewal was denied. Practically on a whim, she decides to accept an offer to spend 2 years at a Saudi Arabian hospital. This book is a memoir of her time there. On the positive side, an...
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